We don't have a building yet, we don't know exactly what it's going to look like when we meet, and we have no idea how many people are up for the challenge of finding life with God beyond religion. Perfect conditions for taking a leap of faith we thought, so we're kicking off this Sunday.
The photos I've posted above are the venue we are praying for. There's a set of three prefab-style buildings on the old CIT grounds just north of the YMCA that we felt would be perfect for what's in our heart. They're part of a treaty settlement process that's due to be finalised in Feb so hopefully we can negotiate the lease from either the local iwi or the Ministry of Education then.
So this coming Sunday evening we'll gather for the first time as The Local faith community. We'll meet outside these buildings (corner Somme Rd and Messines Ave, across from the YMCA and directly opposite the Army Messines Centre) at 5pm next Sunday (2 Feb) to ask God for the buildings together. Then we'll jump back into our cars, bikes, scooters etc and head over to the Martin's house for a potluck tea and some fun, laughter and some practical faith challenges together. We'll kick off with a bit of a look at some of what Jesus might be asking of us as a community of faith and as 'hosts' in the kingdom.
Anyone's welcome, so come along for the ride if you're keen to be part of the journey or even just curious without wanting to commit to anything. If you want to join us or have any questions, drop us a line.